No, this is not the typical "is my mare preggo" thread... I know that my mare is in foal as she's been ultrasounded twice to confirm... what I'd like to know is your opinion on whether my mare is actually getting a baby belly or if she's just getting a hay belly. I have attached a couple pics... one from the day we brought her home (Feb. 4, 2011) and one from today (Mar. 4, 2011). It's only been a month and she's not getting too much hay IMO nor is she getting more than the recommended amount of feed.. as a matter of fact she gets less!! She's not showing any signs of fat deposits on any of the "usual" places other than her belly getting rounder.. She's only at 168 days so there's no way she should be showing all that much at this point... at least I don't think so anyways.
Sorry for the crappy angles/lighting.
First, here's a pic of her from her previous owner taken right around the time of breeding:
Here's one from the day we brought her home:
And finally, the pic I took this evening right before we left the barn:
Just for good measure I'm also posting a close-up of her belly... I know it doesn't really show anything but here it is anyways:
I realize that you can't tell anything from photos, especially ones that are all from different angles but I am just looking for opinions on if y'all think she's just getting fat or if she might actually be getting an early baby belly.
TIA for any replies.